Key Facts to Know about Chemical Blending
The Blending Process
When you’re manufacturing chemicals, the blending process could potentially save you time and money. You should be familiar with this component of the manufacturing timeline so as to maximize the benefits it can bring you. The following is what blending consists of and the tweaks that could help you along the way.
You might be wondering what exactly takes place in the chemical blending process. In short, chemical blending involves combining two or more liquids so they’re seamlessly mixed as the manufacturing process moves forward. This process does not involve a chemical reaction, but rather a simple, smooth combination.
Blending can result in several products:
- Emulsions: the process by which drops of one type of liquid are dispersed into another type of liquid. In this instance, the drops are not soluble in the second solution. In other words, they cannot be dissolved in the solution into which they’ve been deposited. The process of emulsification can be used in a variety of products ranging from industrial-use liquid to food. Such products might include paint, mayonnaise, or skin cream.
- High-shear-mixed components: the process by which a mixing machine a liquid, gas, or solid into a liquid. The main liquid into which the first substance is being inserted is immiscible for the first substance. In other words, it will allow the first substance to be completely dissolved within it.
- Surfactants: these are compounds that serve to reduce surface tension that exists between two originating compounds. These compounds can be a liquid and gas, a pair of liquids or a solid and a liquid. Detergents are a popular type of surfactant. They’re a lot like soap, but they’re consistently more soluble in water, resulting in a more effective cleaning process most times.
So, whether you’re on the manufacturing end of things or you’re a supplier contracting with chemical manufacturing companies, it’s important to understand the blending process. When you understand the nature of the compounds with which you’re dealing, you can make tweaks in the process that will allow for better, quicker blending and quite possibly a superior product in the end. Better products and a faster turnaround time from start to finish make for more satisfied customers, no matter the nature of the product. It could be an art glue that will end up on students’ desks in a public school or a laundry detergent that a busy mom of five will buy from the shelves of her neighborhood grocery store. Either way, the customers (in these instances, they would be the public schools and the grocery store chain) will return time and time again if the product is consistently satisfactory for its intended purposes and the blending process allows the manufacturing time to remain reasonable.
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